Where it all began…by Rebecca Mayer

The issue of plastic bag pollution is trendy.  It doesn’t matter on which side of the issue you fall.  Being part of the debate is enough to make you feel as if you are involved with something vital, important to our future.

In fact, as David Byars, former Bag It Town Coordinator put it, “the issue of plastic bags is what we consider to be low-hanging fruit.”

The idea is – if you are challenged to think about your single-use plastic bag consumption, you will also begin to consider your energy, water, food, fuel and resource consumption as well.  In all these areas, the idea of consuming less and enjoying simplicity more will begin to take shape.

That’s what we at Bag It hope and believe, at least.

How did the issue of plastic consumption become so trendy anyway?

An article by Juliette Jowit in the UK Guardian takes us back:

Plastic bags became almost a national symbol of waste and decadence thanks to BBC camerawoman Rebecca Hosking, who travelled to the remote Pacific island of Midway to film a nature documentary.

As the Guardian reported at the time: “Instead of finding some prelapsarian wilderness, she and a colleague were confronted with the horror of hundreds of albatrosses lying on the sand. The great birds’ stomachs had been split open by the heat and bits of plastic were spewing out between the feathers and the bones. All kinds of plastic – toys, shopping bags, asthma inhalers, pens, cigarette lighters, toothbrushes, combs, bottle tops. The birds had swallowed them and choked to death.”

Later, Hosking and her colleagues found humpback whales, seals and turtles, “all dead or dying from the plastic”, which rolled in on every tide.

The Journey to Midway continues with updates, poems and films on the Journey to Midway blog.  Stay up-to-date with the team’s discoveries about the effects of our culture of consumption in one of our last remaining natural, untouched areas.


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Bag It is a documentary film following the world wide use of plastic bags, plastic's impact on the environment and human health.
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One Response to Where it all began…by Rebecca Mayer

  1. http://beyondplastic.wordpress.com/ says:

    That is how I began! Thanks for writing this, and I am glad I found you! Come find me, too…

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